Ring Gauge: 42
The Padilla Signature 1932 is a limited production cigar produced by Ernesto Padilla to signify the birth year of his father, Heberto Padilla. The cigars were produced in Don Pepin Garcia’s El Rey de los Habanos Factory in Miami.
The blend consists of a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, Nicaraguan Criollo binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo fillers.
Cigars are packaged in boxes of 25 and are available in six sizes which include a Churchill (50 x 7.00), Lancero (42 x 6.875), Toro (50 x 6.00), Torpedo (52 x 6.00), Robusto (50 x 5.00), and a Perla (40 x 4.50). Of the sizes, the Perla is the only one to be produced in Nicaragua without bands and packaged in boxes of 50.
After having some difficulty removing my Padilla Signature 1932 from its very snug cellophane sleeve I began to look it over. The wrapper was a rich brown color with an oily sheen that was consistent throughout the length of the stick. When given a light pinch the cigar felt mildly soft but consistent from head to foot.
The aroma on both the foot an wrapper were rich and aromatic. After making quick work of the cap, I found the pre light draw to be free with an interesting fruit flavor.
After a quick and easy toasting and lighting session I had my Padilla Signature 1932 evenly lit and producing a generous supply of thick and flavorful smoke. The first few puffs dive right into the medium to full range while the finish leaves the palate feeling crisp.
After a few minutes the cigar settles in a bit before it begins moving towards the full range of the spectrum. The finish is very smooth and leaves a crisp feeling on the palate. The primary base flavor is leathery with a background flavor of wood and spice. A minute or so after expelling the smoke the richness and complexity begins entering the picture.
The ash is light in color as well as firm and compacted. After reaching just under an inch in length the ash becomes a bit unpredictable and will fall suddenly if not removed. A gentle tap against the ashtray makes quick and easy work of this.
After roughly forty five minutes of smoking I found myself into the second third of my Padilla 1932. As I progressed deeper into the cigar the body progressed deeper into the full spectrum. While the body never became overpowering, it produced just enough kick to make it appealing. The finish remained smooth and continued to leave me with a nice crisp feeling on the palate.
The base flavor began to shift a bit as I went deeper into the stick. The leather flavor that was most dominant in the first third settled back as a rich Corojo flavor took center stage. Along with the flavors of leather I picked up flavors of wood, spice and a mild sweetness that played well together. Just as before, after expelling the smoke the character and complexity of the smoke settled in and made the combination of flavor, body, and finish all the better.
The resting smoke was about average and left the room with an appealing aroma. The burn rate was good while the burn line was even. The draw continued to provide a generous supply of smoke while remaining cool.
After about ninety minutes I found myself into the final third of my cigar. At this point in the cigar I experienced yet another change. The body has spiked and went from the low end of full to the deep end. The finish is easy on the palate while the crispness has faded and has been replaced by a heavy mouth feel.
The base flavor remains that of rich Corojo tobacco but has become much deeper and more flavorful. The secondary flavor of leather has faded and the woody flavor stepped forward to replace it. When the smoke was passed through the sinuses I was left with an intense spiciness that I enjoyed thoroughly.
The burn rate remains average while the draw remains free. While the cigar continues to produce a generous supply of smoke, it is now becoming hotter as the stick becomes shorter. The burn line remains even and produces a firm, light colored ash.
All in all, I think that this was a wonderful cigar which was very tasty from start to finish. Due to the price alone I can’t justify smoking them very often, not that I wouldn’t want to, but they are most definitely a cigar that I would like to have a couple of on hand.
Of all the “super premium” cigars I have had to date, the Padilla Signature 1932 has quickly risen to the top of my list of favorites. I would definitely recommend giving them a try if you find yourself with $14.00, or so, burning a hole in your pocket.